Broadband

Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.

Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.

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Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
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IMLS Releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report

June 18, 2014 11:45 AM
The report shows the state of public library service in the U.S. and how investments affect library usage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Jersey State Library

October 31, 2014 03:10 PM
The state library provides every library in New Jersey with reliable internet connections and free access to databases that support everyone from the kindergartener to the job seeker. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

July 15, 2014 02:50 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014 01:05 PM
More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
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October 2008: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service


Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Read More

 
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November 2007: History and High-tech Intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway


Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: Getting Started

March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action


The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users


This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Libraries are Essential to Broadband Adoption


Quick summary of the impact of library services for digital literacy and broadband adoption. Read More